LIVING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Exodus 24:13 – So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up to the mountain of God.
Exodus 33:11 – So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.
Joshua 1:5, 9
5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 24:31- Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had known all the works of the Lord which He had done for Israel.
From reading the story of Joshua, I observed that he was a man of God’s presence and that was one of his major secrets of success. He succeeded both as a servant and as a leader. When Joshua was the servant of Moses, he would follow Moses into the presence of God and he would remain there long after Moses had left. This was not the same of all the other people that worked with Moses, not even Aaron. So it was not a surprise that after the death of Moses, God chose Joshua as Moses’ successor. Two things that God gave to Joshua at the beginning of his leadership were a promise and His presence. God gave Joshua a promise of success and prosperity and God promised to be with him in person. Friend, that is very big!
Joshua had so much frequented God’s presence that God decided to change His address and be with Joshua. The presence of God was so prominent in the life of Joshua that all the days of his life, we are told that Israel served God unceasingly. This is because where you found Joshua; you would find the presence of God. When you follow the instruction of Joshua, you are actually following God because Joshua would only carry out what God instructed him to do.
Another man in the Bible that was a man of God’s presence was Enoch. Genesis 5:24 – Enoch walked steadily with God. And then one day, he was simply gone: God took him. (Message).
God so much enjoyed fellowshipping with Enoch that He took him without letting him taste death. How much of God’s presence you will carry depends largely on you. God will never cast you out of His presence unless you initiate it by consistent disobedience. You can cast God out of your presence and you can also leave His presence. You can also invite Him into your presence. Revelation 3:20 – Look! I’m standing at the door and knocking. If any hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to be with them, and will have dinner with them, and they will have dinner with me. (CEB).
Contrary to some people’s opinion that God is so hard to get, He really wants us to have His presence and power every second and moment of our lives. But He needs our approval to determine when and how much of Him we want/get. He wants to manifest all of Himself to us but He needs us to desire and want all of Him. God will never impose His will on our will. He will only work in cooperation with us.
God is always on a search for those who want and love His presence to show Himself strong in their behalf. Please be aware, the presence of God is not only in the church building somewhere or at a special location. God’s active presence is always where people genuinely desire and want Him. As we hunger and thirst for His presence, we attract Him. God loves fellowship and as we fellowship with Him, our problems and pains start to fade away and we are transformed and made to become like Him.
For further study:
2 Corinthians 3:18
Personal declaration for the day:
I will spend time with God until His presence rests on me.
Questions for you to reflect
What made Joshua attract God?
How strong is your desire for God’s presence?
Why do you want God’s presence?